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Learn More About Oregon's Geology
Geologic Sightseeing
The Oregon landscape has been shaped by plate tectonics and millions of years of volcanic activity. Visitors who travel through the state will find many opportunities to examine the scenic geology and see and collect samples of minerals, rocks, and fossils. Oregon can be divided into nine geologic provinces, each with outstanding geologic scenery.
Maps and publications about Oregon's Geology and its geologic treasures are available from the Nature of the Northwest Information Center, operated by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Nature of the Northwest is open 9 am to 12:30 pm and 1 to 4 pm, Monday through Friday at:
800 NE Oregon Street #28, Suite 965
Portland Oregon 97232
ph. 971-673-2331, fax 971-673-1562
Web address: http://www.naturenw.org.
Sparks Lake in the central Oregon Cascades offers spectacular views in a quiet setting.
More resources on Oregon's Geology (and other interesting stuff)